The Bush administration started wars they didn’t have enough personnel to fight because they could hire “contractors.” Contractors were non-military employees doing jobs that used to be done by military employees, lessening the need for more military employees … and putting all of our soldiers in harm’s way as none of them could be clerks or cooks or supply gofers, etc.
By conservative logic, private contractors had to be more cost effective because the private sector can always beat government when it comes to efficiency. It is a matter of faith with conservatives. Once again, faith proves out to “pretending to believe things that are not true.”
The truth is that contractors cost three times as much as DoD employees. Consider this infographic from the folks at pgo.org.